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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 1
Steve Gallo
September 8, 2011
 

This is part 2 in the weekly IDP Game Breakdown series.  Star Ratings boxes utilize the same color coding as the reference chart in part 1.  Each team's ratings box is colored to show the tackle opportunities the team they are facing is giving up: average (highlighted in yellow), below average (highlighted in red) & above average (highlighted in green).  This will help so that you can quickly see the good vs. bad vs. neutral matchups and also if you are stuck between who to start out of say two 3 Star players then you will probably want to go with the one that has a "Green" matchup versus a "Red" matchup (remember Scheme Matters). 

Star ratings are based on a 12-team league with the following starting requirements: 2 defensive linemen (DL) (defensive ends (DE) & defensive tackles (DT)), 3 linebackers (LB), 3 defensive backs (DB) (cornerbacks (CB) & safeties (S)). 

Scoring system used for this article: solo tackle (2), assisted tackle (1), sack (3), forced or recovered fumble (3), interception (3) and pass defended (1).

Tackle opportunity stats as well as other stats utilized in the breakdowns are derived from data provided by NFLData.com.

Follow me on twitter @IDPSteve and if you have any questions, criticisms, or suggestions feel free to e-mail me at IDPSteve@gmail.com. For specific lineup questions please be sure to visit our IDP Forum.  Good luck & enjoy!

Star Rating System
5-Star Play: Studly performance anticipated
4-Star Play: Above average performance anticipated
3-Star Play: Average starter performance anticipated
2-Star Play: Risky Starter/ Sleeper
1-Star Play: Pine rider, keep 'em on the bench, too risky to start
IR = Injured Reserve
OUT = player will not play due to injury
Injured = player injured but not yet ruled out, too much risk to rank
# = bump player up one level in DT mandatory leagues

REMINDER:  STAR RANKING BOXES ARE COLOR CODED BASED ON THE TACKLE OPPORTUNITIES THE TEAM THEY ARE FACING IS GIVING UP ON AVERAGE THIS YEAR.  HOWEVER, WEEK 1 IS BASED ON LAST YEAR'S FINAL STATS.

Arizona Cardinals

OPPONENT:  PANTHERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Calais Campbell 4
DE Darnell Dockett 3
DT Dan Williams 1
LB Daryl Washington 2
LB Paris Lenon 2
LB Stewart Bradley 1
LB Joey Porter 2
LB Clark Haggans 1
LB O'Brien Schofield 1
S Kerry Rhodes 3
S Adrian Wilson 2
S Rashad Johnson 1
CB Patrick Peterson 1
CB A.J. Jefferson 1
CB Richard Marshall 1

Atlanta Falcons

OPPONENT:  @ BEARS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE John Abraham 3
DE Ray Edwards 3
DT Jonathan Babineaux 2#
DT Corey Peters 1
DT Peria Jerry 1
LB Curtis Lofton 3
LB Sean Weatherspoon 3
LB Stephen Nicholas 2
S William Moore 4
S Thomas DeCoud 2
CB Brent Grimes 3
CB Dunta Robinson 3

Baltimore Ravens

OPPONENT: STEELERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Terrell Suggs 4
DE Arthur Jones 2
DT Haloti Ngata 3#
DT Terrence Cody 2
LB Ray Lewis 4
LB Jameel McClain 2
LB Jarret Johnson 2
S Ed Reed 2
S Tom Zbikowski 2
S Bernard Pollard 3
CB Jimmy Smith 1

Buffalo Bills

OPPONENT:  @ CHIEFS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcell Dareus 2
DE Dwan Edwards 2
DT Kyle Williams 3#
LB Nick Barnett 4
LB Andra Davis 3
LB Shawne Merriman 2
LB Chris Kelsay 1
LB Kirk Morrison 1
S George Wilson 3
S Bryan Scott 2
S Jairus Byrd 1
CB Drayton Florence 1
CB Terrence McGee 1
CB Leodis McKelvin 1

Carolina Panthers

OPPONENT:  @ CARDINALS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Charles Johnson 4
DE Greg Hardy 2
DT Sione Fua 1
DT Terrell McClain 1
LB Jon Beason 1
LB Thomas Davis 3
LB James Anderson 3
LB Dan Connor 2
S Charles Godfrey 3
S Sherrod Martin 2
CB Chris Gamble 3
CB Captain Munnerlyn 3

Chicago Bears

OPPONENT: FALCONS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Julius Peppers 3
DE Israel Idonije 2
DT Anthony Adams 1
DT Henry Melton 2#
LB Brian Urlacher 3
LB Lance Briggs 4
LB Nick Roach 1
S Chris Harris 2
S Major Wright 2
S Brandon Meriweather 1
CB Charles Tillman 3
CB Tim Jennings 2

Cincinnati Bengals

OPPONENT:  @ BROWNS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Carlos Dunlap 3
DE Michael Johnson 3
DE Robert Geathers 2
DT Domata Peko 1
DT Geno Atkins 2
LB Rey Maualuga 4
LB Thomas Howard 3
LB Manny Lawson 1
S Chris Crocker 2
S Reggie Nelson 2
S Gibril Wilson 1
S Taylor Mays 1
CB Leon Hall 2
CB Nate Clements 2

Cleveland Browns

OPPONENT:  BENGALS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jabaal Sheard 3
DE Jayme Mitchell 2
DE Marcus Benard 2
DT Phil Taylor 2
DT Ahtyba Rubin 2#
LB D'Qwell Jackson 4
LB Chris Gocong 2
LB Scott Fujita 2
S T.J. Ward 3
S Usama Young 2
CB Joe Haden 2
CB Sheldon Brown 1

Dallas Cowboys

OPPONENT:  @ JETS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcus Spears 1
DE Kenyon Coleman 1
DT Jay Ratliff 2#
LB Bradie James 3
LB Keith Brooking 2
LB Sean Lee 2
LB DeMarcus Ware 2
S Abram Elam 3
S Gerald Sensabaugh 2
CB Terence Newman injured
CB Mike Jenkins 2
CB Orlando Scandrick 2

Denver Broncos

OPPONENT:  RAIDERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Elvis Dumervil 5
DE Robert Ayers 2
DT Broderick Bunkley 1
DT Kevin Vickerson 1
LB D.J. Williams injured
LB Von Miller 3
LB Joe Mays 2
LB Wesley Woodyard 2
S Brian Dawkins 3
S Rahim Moore 2
CB Champ Bailey 2
CB Andre' Goodman 1

Detroit Lions

OPPONENT:  @ BUCCANEERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch 2
DE Cliff Avril 2
DT Ndamukong Suh 3#
DT Corey Williams 1
DT Nick Fairley injured
LB Stephen Tulloch 3
LB DeAndre Levy 3
LB Justin Durant 2
S Louis Delmas 3
S Amari Spievey 2
CB Chris Houston 2
CB Eric Wright 2

Green Bay Packers

OPPONENT:  SAINTS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Ryan Pickett 1
DE Mike Neal 1
DT B.J. Raji 2
LB Desmond Bishop 5
LB A.J. Hawk 3
LB Clay Matthews 2
LB Erik Walden 1
S Nick Collins 3
S Morgan Burnett 3
CB Charles Woodson 4
CB Tramon Williams 3

Houston Texans

OPPONENT:  COLTS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE J. J. Watt 2
DE Antonio Smith 2
DT Earl Mitchell 1
LB DeMeco Ryans 2
LB Brian Cushing 3
LB Mario Williams 3
LB Connor Barwin 2
S Glover Quin 2
S Danieal Manning 2
CB Johnathan Joseph 2
CB Kareem Jackson 2

Indianapolis Colts

OPPONENT: @ TEXANS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Robert Mathis 3
DE Dwight Freeney 2
LB Gary Brackett 3
LB Pat Angerer 2
LB Kavell Conner 3
LB Ernie Sims 1
LB Phillip Wheeler 1
S Antoine Bethea 3
S Melvin Bullitt 3
CB Jerraud Powers 3
CB Jacob Lacey 3

Jacksonville Jaguars

OPPONENT:  TITANS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Aaron Kampman 2
DE Austen Lane 2
DE Matt Roth 2
DT Tyson Alualu 3#
LB Paul Posluszny 4
LB Clint Session 2
LB Daryl Smith 2
S Courtney Greene 3
S Dawan Landry 3
CB Rashean Mathis 2
CB Derek Cox 1

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT:  BILLS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey 3
DE Tyson Jackson 1
DT Kelly Gregg 2
LB Derrick Johnson 4
LB Tamba Hali 3
LB Jovan Belcher 1
LB Andy Studebaker 1
S Eric Berry 4
S Kendrick Lewis 2
CB Brandon Flowers 3
CB Brandon Carr 2

Miami Dolphins

OPPONENT:  PATRIOTS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Randy Starks 1
DE Kendall Langford 1
DT Paul Soliai 1
LB Karlos Dansby 4
LB Kevin Burnett 3
LB Cameron Wake 2
LB Koa Misi 1
S Yeremiah Bell 5
S Chris Clemons 3
S Reshad Jones 2
CB Vontae Davis 2
CB Sean Smith 2

Minnesota Vikings

OPPONENT:  CHARGERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jared Allen 3
DE Brian Robison 2
DT Kevin Williams Suspended
DT Remi Ayodele 1
DT Letroy Guion 1
LB Chad Greenway 4
LB E.J. Henderson 3
LB Erin Henderson 2
S Jamarca Sanford 2
S Husain Abdullah 3
CB Antoine Winfield 3
CB Cedric Griffin 2

New England Patriots

OPPONENT:  @ DOLPHINS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Shaun Ellis 2
DE Andre Carter 3
DT Vince Wilfork 2
DT Albert Haynesworth 2
LB Jerod Mayo 5
LB Brandon Spikes 2
LB Rob Ninkovich 1
S Patrick Chung 3
S Sergio Brown 2
CB Devin McCourty 2
CB Leigh Bodden 1

New Orleans Saints

OPPONENT:  @ PACKERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Will Smith Suspended
DE Turk McBride 2
DE Jeff Charleston 1
DE Cameron Jordan 1
DT Sedrick Ellis 2#
DT Shaun Rogers 2
LB Jonathan Vilma 3
LB Jonathan Casillas 1
LB Will Herring 1
LB Scott Shanle 1
S Roman Harper 5
S Malcolm Jenkins 4
CB Jabari Greer 3
CB Tracy Porter 2

New York Giants

OPPONENT:  @ REDSKINS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Tuck 5
DE Jason Pierre-Paul 4
DE Osi Umenyiora 1
DT Chris Canty 1
LB Michael Boley 2
LB Greg Jones 1
LB Kawika Mitchell (expected signing) 1
LB Mathias Kiwanuka 2
S Kenny Phillips 3
S Antrel Rolle 3
CB Corey Webster 2
CB Aaron Ross 2
CB Prince Amukamara Injured

New York Jets

OPPONENT:  COWBOYS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Muhammad Wilkerson 1
DE Mike Devito 1
DT Sione Pouha 1
LB David Harris 3
LB Bart Scott 2
LB Calvin Pace 2
LB Bryan Thomas 2
S Eric Smith 2
S Jim Leonhard 3
CB Darrelle Revis 1
CB Antonio Cromartie 2

Oakland Raiders

OPPONENT:  @ BRONCOS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Matt Shaughnessy 4
DE Lamarr Houston 3
DT Richard Seymour 2#
DT Tommy Kelly 2#
LB Rolando McClain 3
LB Kamerion Wimbley 1
LB Quentin Groves 1
S Tyvon Branch 3
S Michael Huff 2
CB Stanford Routt 1
CB Chris Johnson 1

Philadelphia Eagles

OPPONENT:  @ RAMS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Trent Cole 4
DE Jason Babin 3
DT Cullen Jenkins 1
DT Antonio Dixon 1
DT Mike Patterson 1
LB Casey Matthews 3
LB Jamar Chaney 3
LB Moise Fokou 2
S Kurt Coleman 3
S Jaiquawn Jarrett 2
S Nate Allen 2
S Jarrad Page 2
CB Nnamdi Asomugha 1
CB Asante Samuel 2
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 2

Pittsburgh Steelers

OPPONENT:  @ RAVENS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Brett Keisel 1
DE Aaron Smith 1
DT Casey Hampton 2
LB Lawrence Timmons 4
LB James Harrison 3
LB LaMarr Woodley 2
LB James Farrior 3
S Troy Polamalu 4
S Ryan Clark 2
CB Ike Taylor 2
CB Bryant McFadden 2

San Diego Chargers

OPPONENT:  VIKINGS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Luis Castillo 1
DE Corey Liuget 1
DT Antonio Garay 2#
LB Donald Butler 4
LB Takeo Spikes 3
LB Shaun Phillips 3
LB Larry English 2
S Eric Weddle 3
S Bob Sanders 3
CB Quentin Jammer 1
CB Antoine Cason 2

San Francisco 49ers

OPPONENT:  SEAHAWKS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Smith 3
DE Ray McDonald 1
DT Isaac Sopoaga 1
LB Patrick Willis 4
LB NaVorro Bowman 2
LB Ahmad Brooks 1
LB Parys Haralson 1
S Donte Whitner 3
S Dashon Goldson 2
S Madieu Williams 1
CB Carlos Rogers 1
CB Tarell Brown 1

Seattle Seahawks

OPPONENT:  @ 49ERS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Clemons 3
DE Red Bryant 2
DT Brandon Mebane 2
DT Alan Branch 1
LB David Hawthorne 4
LB Aaron Curry 3
LB Leroy Hill 2
S Kam Chancellor 4
S Earl Thomas 3
CB Marcus Trufant 2
CB Walter Thurmond III 2

St. Louis Rams

OPPONENT: EAGLES
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Long 3
DE James Hall 2
DE Robert Quinn 2
DT Fred Robbins 1
LB James Laurinaitis 3
LB Ben Leber 2
LB Brady Poppinga 1
S Quintin Mikell 4
S Darian Stewart 3
S Craig Dahl 2
CB Bradley Fletcher 2
CB Ronald Bartell 2

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OPPONENT:  LIONS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn 2
DE Michael Bennett 2
DE Da'Quan Bowers 1
DT Gerald McCoy 1
LB Mason Foster 2
LB Geno Hayes 3
LB Quincy Black 2
S Sean Jones 2
S Cody Grimm 2
S Tanard Jackson Suspended
CB Ronde Barber 3
CB Aqib Talib 2

Tennessee Titans

OPPONENT:  @ JAGUARS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jason Jones 3
DE William Hayes 3
DE Derrick Morgan 1
LB Barrett Ruud 4
LB Will Witherspoon 2
LB Akeem Ayers 2
S Chris Hope 3
S Michael Griffin 3
CB Cortland Finnegan 3
CB Alterraun Verner 2
CB Jason McCourty 2

Washington Redskins

OPPONENT:  GIANTS
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Stephen Bowen 1
DE Adam Carriker 1
DT Barry Cofield 1
LB London Fletcher 4
LB Rocky McIntosh 3
LB Brian Orakpo 2
LB Ryan Kerrigan 1
S LaRon Landry Injured
S O.J. Atogwe 4
S Reed Doughty 3
CB DeAngelo Hall 2
CB Josh Wilson 2


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